Day School: 'The Wildlife and Habitats of East Anglia'

Ref: C2225152

This course that looks a wide range of wildlife habitats in East Anglia and the flora and fauna that can be found in these areas. An extensive range of habitats and nature reserves are shown through seasonal and colourful slides of landscapes, nature reserves, birds, butterflies, dragonflies, plants and mammals. Areas focused on during this interactive course will include: RSPB Minsmere, Heathland and Woodland, The Brecks and Thetford Forest, Estuary wildlife - including saltmarsh habitats and the wildlife that depends on it, The Suffolk and Norfolk Broads, The North Norfolk Coast, The Cambridgeshire Fens, The Essex Marshes and Conservation Organisations in East Anglia. There is plenty of opportunity for discussion during each session - especially regarding conservation issues, coastal erosion in East Anglia and any wildlife sightings or nature reserves visited by students. A group field trip will also be available to all students, if required, one the course has completed.

Course aim

To provide an insight into the diverse range of wildlife found in East Anglia with a range of nature reserves and flora / fauna used to illustrate the course.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • IDENTIFY 5 NATURE RESERVES IN EAST ANGLIA
  • IDENTIFY 6 SPECIES OF BIRD FOUND IN EAST ANGLIA
  • IDENTIFY 5 SPECIES OF BUTTERFLY FOUND IN EAST ANGLIA
  • IDENTIFY 5 SPECIES OF WILD FLOWER FOUND IN EAST ANGLIA
  • IDENTIFY 5 SPECIES OF MAMMALS FOUND IN EAST ANGLIA

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • Using a range of colourful slides during the course to illustrate my course Making the course interactive - asking students questions during the course Offering a separate field trip once the course has finished

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • Notepad and pen to take notes A range of books and leaflets will be brought to the course by the tutor

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Volunteering at a local nature reserve or on a local outdoors work party

Download full course outline

Day School: 'The Wildlife and Habitats of East Anglia' Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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